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To My Delight I Got My 1st UK Pension Payment — Unexpectedly.

by Anura Guruge


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I had opted for payment every 13-weeks. So, I was NOT expecting any payments till December 2018.

Then I got a brown envelope from the UK in the mail Thursday. I knew at once that it was about my pension.

Wow. They had made a preliminary payment, kind of to check the bank transfer, for just 9-days.

I checked my bank. Wow. It was there. Though it was for but 9 days, it made me smile. I could just about even by a Nikon 50mm Prime Lens with that. That is better than a kick in the teeth.

I have nothing but awe, respect and loyalty to my British Government. They have always done RIGHT by me and what more can you ask for.

Rule Britannia.


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‘A Magical Circus Christmas’ Preview On AGT Had Us Hooked — Beyond Brilliant.

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Did YOU see it in this week’s “America’s Got Talent” (AGT) semi-finals 1-hour ‘results’ show, on Wednesday? They were NOT a part of AGT. They were an invited act to serve as a filler to stretch the show to 1-hour. To begin with, Teischan & I, both veterans and connoisseurs of circuses were a bit skeptical since we knew it was JUST a filler, i.e., padding, window-dressing. Then … Bang! Wallop! We were on the edge of our seats. They were GOOD. Actually quite brilliant. We both immediately compared them to what we had seen with ‘Cirque du Soleil’ & ‘Barnum & Bailey‘. We had seen similar at BOTH but these took them to new heights — quite literally!

They are going to be in Lynn, Massachusetts in December. I am going to try and get tickets. That would be fun for Christmas — of course, alongside our yearly ‘Revels’.


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Impressive Solar Energy Project At ‘Inter-Lakes’ High School, Meredith, N.H.

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I Googled.
Found this on ‘The Laconia Daily Sun‘.

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I had not been to ‘Inter-Lakes‘ in quite a few years and I no longer read the local paper on a daily basis. So, I had not heard about or seen this 960-panel solar farm. Saw it yesterday when we went to see ‘Newsies‘. It is hard to miss, but I was a bit nostalgic since we (i.e., my son Matthew, I and the two Goldens we then had) used to sled down that slope when we lived in Meredith, 1997 — 1999. I actually permanently damaged my right arm biceps on the slope. That is another story.

I was so impressed and happy to see this solar project. Another instance of Meredith rising ABOVE the other towns in New Hampshire.

Of course, it wasn’t going to be cheap, and it must have taken quite a bit of clever footwork to get it approved by the Town Voters. But, over the long haul it will pay dividends and the newspaper article I show claims that.

But, even MORE IMPORTANTLY it is such a great, everyday REMINDER to the kids on the beauty of solar energy. Having the big monitor in the foyer showing the status of the system is MAGIC.

Bravo & Kudos.

Meredith you are such a shining example to THE WORLD. I am in awe. I regret that I ever moved away.


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‘Newsies’, Interlakes Summer Theatre, Meredith [N.H.] — August 17, 2018.

by Anura Guruge


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The dancing — acrobatic and adroitly choreographed — was very good, as good as what you would see on TV on “World of Dance” or “America’s Got Talent” (AGT). But, for a musical the songs weren’t that great and to make it worse the sound system left a lot to be desired. The lady seated in front of us, told us at the intermission, that she had to take off her hearing aid! That is not good — for a musical. It took me awhile to recognize the signature song — “Seize the Day” — and that was after Teischan gave me a hint!

I was not familiar at all, at all, with “Newsies“. I was confounded that it was billed as a Disney movie cum Broadway musical. I had to look it up. Ah! 1992. None of my kids were old enough. That explains it all.

It was a genuinely full-house. Not a single empty seat. We got the last two seats this morning. It is a small theatre so there are NO bad seats.

I was not familiar with the storyline — the “Children’s Crusade” in New York City. So, that was worthwhile learning. It wasn’t bad. Just wasn’t that great.

Though I have not been in quite a few years, I am no stranger to Interlakes Summer Theatre. When I lived in Meredith, 1996 — 1999, and during my early years in Gilford I used to attend regularly. Sometimes went to all the shows in a Summer season. I am sure I saw “Pirates of Penzance” twice in one week because my son, Matthew, loved it.

I always make a point to appreciate live theatre. And the dancing was GOOD. So, it was worthwhile. Huge thunderstorm during the show. You could hear the rain hammering on the roof. Tomorrow, i.e., Saturday, August 18, 2018, is the last show of the 2018 Season.


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‘Circus Smirkus’, Wolfeboro, NH (August 12, 2018) — More Pictures From This V. Good Show.

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I raved about ‘Circus Smirkus’ performance in Wolfeboro yesterday. So, I am not going to say much here because there really isn’t more I can say than: “please, go and see for yourself. You will be impressed & amazed“. This post is to share MORE pictures. However, the more I think about it and the more time I spend going back over the pictures the more impressed I am. It was quite the show — done entirely by kids. Not wizened professionals, kids who were going to school, full-time just a couple of months ago. I am sold.


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‘Circus Smirkus’, Wolfeboro, NH (August 12, 2018) — IMPRESSIVE, Worth Seeing!

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This was not our accustomed Barnum & BaileyGreatest Show On Earth“, but it was a show and it was impressive and in the end humbling.

The tightrope in high heels was world class! Folks familiar with this blog know that we go to a LOT of circuses and have been doing it for years (and in my case most of my life). I have never seen this and that alone was worth going. Second big picture at the top. ENLARGE and look at it. That was special.

It was NOT bad at all. Actually, very impressive.

ALL KIDS ages 10 to 18. That alone makes it special. Then, right at the end the Ringmaster (who was very good) shared a nugget of information that blew us all away. The kids ONLY had 18-days, yes, 18-days, to put this whole repertoire together. That is mind-blowing. You know that circus acts work for years to get it all together. These kids pulled this off, with aplomb & panache, in 18-days. WOW. Bravo. They, of course, got a standing ovation.

Not what we are used to as veteran, annual attendees of Barnum & Bailey, but by the end we were enjoying this as much.

Yes, of course, I recommend it. Tad pricey for families. Cost nearly as much as I used to pay to see Barnum & Bailey in Manchester (but much of that is because I knew where the outstanding cheap seats were after we had been to the first few shows).

I took a LOT of pictures. It is too late to try and post them all tonight. I will work on them in the days to come.

P.S., They are in Wolfeboro, on Monday, August 13, 2018 too; 1 & 6pm. So try and catch it if you can.


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